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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 February 2016
Profession: Photographer.

This book accompanied an exhibition of Don McCullin’s photographs in Italy a few years ago. It was edited by Sandro Parmiggiani, who introduces the book and then conducts an insightful interview with the master photographer.

The first text is in Italian. The second text is in English.

Then you have a short anthology of interviews and texts in their original languages: French, English and Italian. No translations here . I wonder why they did that. The excellent text of Harold Evans and the short text of Susan Sontag about Don McCullin are also here.

The book has about 200 plates, most of them large and most of them of good quality. It has photos of England, wars, and not war related photos of India, Africa and Syria.

What I like more about this Skira publication is that it has some of the best reproductions of Don McCullin’s work that I’ve seen. Bright, clean and crisp photos that are closer to photojournalism than the more usual darker photos one sees in McCullin’s books. One good example is a photo about the construction of Berlin’s wall.

The photos have legends in Italian and in English. At the end of the book you will find a detailed chronology and also a bibliography.
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on 13 April 2014
An excellent collection of images from Don McCullin. Of course some of the images of war are disturbing and this is no bad thing because it shows the reality of such conflicts and the terrible consequences for ordinairy people. Don's landscapes are dark and brooding but beautiful nonetheless. A great book from a great photographer. Highly recommended!
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on 11 October 2013
How is it that with minimal training and limited resources, Don McCullin was capable of producing iconic and high quality images from the very start? The only explanation is pure natural born talent. This fabulous book spans his career with well crafted text and a stunning pictorial record. Don't hesitate, just get it!
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on 17 January 2014
Don McCullin specialised in war and emotional photography and he does a superb job. Vietnam, Northern Ireland, other zones of conflict are brought vividly to life; they are however very dark and disturbing
His later work is of landscapes and some still life. Unfortunately, though, his earlier work seems to still haunt him because the landscapes are dark and broody. His still life flat and unemotional. It's a pity he couldn't have brought a spark of light and hope to them.
It's still a great book; one you can browse through and find new focal points each time.
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on 10 June 2015
Would have given this 5 stars if the photo reproduction was better, I've seen better versions of some of these shots with greater contrast and not so flat looking. But still a worthwhile buy at the price paid.
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on 8 September 2013
Book is a quality hardback book stuffed full of photos from across McCullin's career including dsome more recent moody landscapes. A good look at the history of this photographers produce with some stunning photos and stories to go with them. If you're interested in photo-journalism, you should at least read this book.
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on 12 March 2014
Such an amazing book. Bought it as a present for a family member photographer who was inspired by him to become a photographer.
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on 2 April 2015
Great summary of his work, with some useful background making it more than just a book of photographs.
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on 8 June 2013
Just what I was after. a book that sums up all his work. Said this, now that I know what he has done I will probably end up getting another book or two with his work
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on 15 November 2014
compelling/
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